Working : In Seattle


For as long as I can remember, JD–who was a cartologist in another life–mapped out a perfect road trip. In his mind. Up the California coast with the Pacific to the left of us and wild mustard flowers to our right…pitstops at lunch trucks profiled on the Food Network…waving to kids stuck in the back of a minivan. What he didn’t factor into his daydream was a cantankerous wife, who sings off-key and packs whole grain snacks, and petulant dog. It was shaping up to be less Old Spice Man and more Griswold Vacation than he pictured, but once we arrived to Seattle, we took a collective breath and felt at home.

We came to Seattle for work, but we’ve been able to relax and enjoy the glorious state of Washington…a workcation, if you will. When we launched the photography tutorials for theSTORE last week, we worked from a new space and allowed us to focus solely on getting it off the ground. I’m also shooting while I’m here (more on that later), but we’ve carved out time to soak up Seattle in the summer.

We rented a cottage and it has a yard, so Polo has made himself right at home…

During my time off, I scour used book stores like Twice Told Tales and Elliott Bay Book company…this sometimes drives JD crazy, but I promise him reading makes me a better photographer. And a nicer wife. And a better cook (okay, so this is a bit of a stretch, but a girl’s gotta do what she can to get more time while shopping!).

We also spend way too much time eating great food. JD said I shouldn’t post this photo, but I just have to because it was one amazing spring roll! Life changing. I want to remember this spring roll for the rest of my life. Amen.

We carve out time to talk about business, projects, and planning for the second half of the year…lucky for us there’s a bevy of locations willing to provide inspiration of the libation sorts…

I asked JD to set up the timer for a self-portrait and this is my please-hurry-up face…which is just a tiny bit nicer than my I’m-a-hungry-girl face.

Our {slanted} self-portrait.

We’re trying to submerse ourselves in the Seattle culture, so yesterday we went to a farmer’s market to pick up groceries and support our local farmers. Yes, I said “our” like I freaking own the city.

The Ballard farmer’s market boasts to be the best outdoor market in Seattle and it didn’t let us down…where else can you find cranberry peas, soap, honey, salted ham hocks, and a boysenberry pie?!

Oh, JD. My sweet JD who carries a reusable and recyclable grocery bag and buys a bouquet of flowers…he’s a classic guy with a hipster heart.

This is the view from our backyard at sunset…the scope and magnitude have served as a place for introspective moments and deep breaths. I’m thrilled to go home rejuvenated with a fresh perspective for what’s to come…

Happy Monday!

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  1. Ken

    August 20th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Also maybe do a C-L class as well while you are staying in Seattle ??
    That would be the best 🙂
    Heres alsway hoping

  2. Jarka H.

    August 20th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Love the hptos. Seems you have wonderful time there!

  3. TXDOC

    August 20th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks Jasmine and JD. Loved reading the chronicles of your workcation… I recently visited Seattle for the first time and had a blast finding small coffee shops and organic markets, it’s really a wonderful city to discover.
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Moi

    August 20th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    That Polo is THE most adorable dog, I could just squeeze him till he squeaks! I love the black and white image from inside the restaurant and the vibrant colours of the market, yum.

  5. Ernie E

    August 20th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    For some reason, I thought CreativeLive when I read the title. Great set of images and thank you for sharing your working vacation with us!

  6. The New Diplomat's Wife

    August 20th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    sounds like a wonderful trip and can’t wait to see what the second half of the year brings for you (and by extension for your readers! )

  7. Liz

    August 20th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Love all the street-style photography! And yes, I always refer to farmer’s markets anywhere as ‘ours’. If you’re road tripping back, there’s a really good one in Santa Barbara. Plus you can pretend to be in the soap opera. Or not. 🙂

  8. Nikki Closser

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Jasmine! So glad you are loving my city 🙂 Your blog entry put a huge smile on my face. I moved here four years ago and it has changed how I eat and shop and I have learned to slow down a bit, just to take it all in…because there is SO much to take in here! Cheers to this great city 🙂

  9. dan!

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    A workcation is a brilliant idea. Welcome (once again) to seattle.

  10. Ali

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I’m glad you’re in my fair city and that the weather has treated you well.

  11. Jennie

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    THANK YOU for representing my fair city that I love so much. You captured it perfectly. I’m glad the weather was good and you enjoyed all that makes Seattle so special. Wished I would’ve run into you while you were here though! lol

  12. ashley barnett

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    A workcation?! Best.Idea.Ever!!!

  13. Emma

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Seattle is a GREAT place to visit when the weather is nice. But after living there 6 years, I can truly say I would NEVER EVER leave L.A again. LOL Living there takes a special kind of person… ( who doesn’t mind not seeing sun for 200 days)

  14. Sarah Vander Beek

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Welcome to Seattle J*!! I hope you, JD and Polo, enjoy your stay!!

  15. Ashley Martens

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    So nice to relax from the business… 😀 I love Seattle!

  16. McKenzie Powell

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Awww… the Ballard market. The best! So glad you two enjoyed it.

  17. Whitney Dupuis

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Just beautiful. It is easy to forget that the most simplistic things in life are often times the most beautiful. What a great reminder.

  18. Dede Edwards

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:57 pm


  19. Tracy Martin

    August 20th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    My partner and I just got back from spending 5 nights in Seattle during their heat spell and even though we were shooting in an air conditioned theatre, we were able to enjoy the city during the late afternoons and evenings. We consider Seattle our second home and would move there if we didn’t love the Bay Area a bit more. Enjoy.

  20. lynda

    August 20th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    seattle suits you, you should be here more often. 🙂

  21. rich

    August 20th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    we definitely want to visit seattle ourselves one day – hard to get out there from the east coast! hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

  22. Jennifer McKinney

    August 20th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    It seems that you might be camping out in my hood, Ballard. Very cool 😉

  23. Meghan

    August 20th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    How exciting that you’re in Seattle!! How long are you here for?!?! If you ever need models, or help, or anything let me know! I’m just across the water 😉 P.S. You should come visit Bainbridge Island 😀

  24. Gail

    August 20th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    So so grateful you two were able to escape for a bit, explore together and rejuvenate for the remainder of your year!!!! xoxox G

  25. Diana

    August 20th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Oh, this sounds lovely! Seattle has just been bumped up to the forefront of places to live! 🙂

  26. elisabetta {Linen and Silk}

    August 20th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    You’ve made me feel like I need another trip to the US… until then, I can’t wait to hear what you have in store for the second half of the year. Happy scheming!

  27. Kimberly Hill

    August 20th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Welcome to Seattle! Glad you can enjoy this sunny weather we’re having 🙂

  28. Mark Martinez Photography

    August 20th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Three words – Hoh Rain Forest. Do it now. You’ll thank me later 🙂

  29. Denver wedding photographer

    August 20th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    JD rocks. I did not know he was a cardiologist. Too funny.

  30. Christa

    August 20th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Love these personal posts the most 🙂

  31. LEOLAK

    August 21st, 2012 at 12:46 am

    POLO PIC!! He looks so excited! You lady Jasmine are GORGE! Seriously! I feel ya on the I’m hungry feeling/look lol. Looks like a great time, and clearly I need to add Seattle to my must visit list. Cheers to relaxation and rocking out the rest of the year! Thx for sharing.

  32. Jen Sexton

    August 21st, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Love the SEXTON sign! =) Thanks for sharing!

  33. Jessie

    August 21st, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I thought you must be in Seattle when I saw your Instagram with the honey lavender ice cream at Molly Moons…my favorite! You came here at the perfect time weather-wise…enjoy the rest of your stay!

  34. Marisa Loper

    August 21st, 2012 at 5:28 am

    yay you’re in seattle! and loving it! 🙂 if you are on the eastside and want to hang out on the lake, maybe try a little wakeboarding just let me know! we’d be happy to host all of you for some yummy food and good times (and i mean all of you. my son would go crazy over polo).

  35. Pua

    August 21st, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Aww did you leave already!? Glad you’re enjoying Seattle while the sun has been out! And yes, our Farmers Markets are the best! 🙂

  36. Nick

    August 22nd, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I so miss my second home, especially Ballard and The Sexton. Great bourbon and did you try the Sexton Mac? -Yum

  37. Natthan Rennard

    August 23rd, 2012 at 5:19 am

    It’s lovely to see you guys in our neighborhood! We live in Ballard and walk over to the farmer’s market nearly every Sunday. We didn’t go last Sunday, but it would have been awesome to run into you two and introduce ourselves if we had.

  38. Eva

    August 23rd, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Oh I did this road trip 11 years ago, starting from San Francisco though. Still vividly remember driving into Seattle, amazing view

  39. Mikaela

    August 24th, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I love this 🙂 So happy to hear how well Seattle is treating you…and oh the picture of you? Gorgeous of course. Shane could tell you a few stories about my hungry girl face and I know it wouldn’t be pretty 😉 xo!

  40. Melissa

    August 24th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    MUST find out where this rental is!